Dystopian Flash Fiction: Create a Moment, Create a World
How can I evoke an alternate world swiftly and potently? This is a question that writers of dystopian fiction are always asking, but flash fiction brings particular urgency to it. Participants will examine samples of flash fiction that present alternate worlds, and will then try out the form for themselves. We will consider questions such as: How does one achieve the precision of language and detail necessary for this form? How can a piece attain arc and resonance in such a short space? What can this form offer the reader in lieu of the satisfaction of a longer narrative?
Helen Phillips’s fifth book, The Need, is forthcoming in the summer of 2019. Her collection Some Possible Solutions received the 2017 John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat, a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her collection And Yet They Were Happy was named a Notable Book by the Story Prize. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the Italo Calvino Prize. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times, and Tin House, and on Selected Shorts. She is an associate professor at Brooklyn College.
For Spring 2019, Jersey City Writers has partnered with the Department of Cultural Affairs at Hudson County Community College to lead a prose and poetry writing residency. JCW will offer a writing bootcamp that is open to HCCC students and staff, as well as local writers.
Advanced sign up is strongly encouraged. Programs will be held in the Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium, 71 Sip Ave., 6th Fl., unless otherwise noted. Photo I.D. must be shown when entering the HCCC campus.